Emile Lacasse Interview
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Emile Lacasse (b. 1924, St. Rose de Waterford, QC) immigrated with his family as a child to Jackman, Maine. After graduating high school, he moved to Lewiston and worked building Liberty Ships during World War 2 (probably at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard or Bath Iron Works). In 1945, he opened a lunch counter at 2 Chestnut Street, in the heart of the Little Canada neighborhood of Lewiston. "Emile's Diner" would become "Lacasse's Bakery", which would operate for 59 years, until 2004. The bakery was well-known in the Franco-American community, particularly for its traditional toutières (meat pies). In this interview with Carroll McIntire, conducted May 12, 1994, Lacasse talks about his work at the shipyard and the bakery.
Oral History, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine
Interviews and Lectures Collection, Franco-American Collection, University of Southern Maine Libraries.